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Upper Midwest Gardening: UMW coffee break #37

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zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

August 6, 2008
12:03 PM

Post #5375961

This is a continuation from:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/842192/

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 6, 2008
1:24 PM

Post #5376232

Good time to mention the 2008 Southern MN Round Up. September 5 & 6.
More information;
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/863305/
Bernie
motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2008
3:13 AM

Post #5384387

"The falling leaves drift past my windows, the falling leaves all lacey brown. When I see the damage of the Japanese beetles, I just pulled the VA creeper down!"
ARGH.
Bug convention this year, JB, skeeters and every kind of ant -sweet, flying, black pinchy ones that take over a yard and (were) using the dining hall in the highbush cranberry being staffed by aphids. I would have left them alone, if they had done the same. But...Nooooooo
Glad to have some days to catch up on gardening. I have been having some help, but some things you have to do yourself!

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2008
11:48 AM

Post #5385339

We keep a coffee can ( I know, so classy) on the deck for our friends and family who smoke, and when I go out there and see those nasty Jap Beetles on my plants, I flick them into the can and watch them drown in the rain water residue. No guilt.
chatnoir
Downers Grove, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2008
12:08 PM

Post #5385406

I keep plastic cups of dishwater tucked among the pots. I think it lends a certain cheerful casualness to the patio LOL!

Didn't get to see any blooms on my cannas this summer. JB's eat them over night before I get out there.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2008
2:19 PM

Post #5385942

when i was home last week for a few days... i noticed they munched my roses pretty good. I had a bottle of soap water handy and killed all that i could see for 2 days.
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 22, 2008
1:59 PM

Post #5703398

We all must have been pretty busy this summer. No one has posted here since early August.

I could use some help...do any of you have family members who remember growing a Victory Garden during WWII? I'm doing a presentation next Spring, and would appreciate any stories or photos to use. I've found a couple of places online, but they want $25 per copy (photos); that would get really expensive.

Here's the 'Victory Garden' thread I started:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/914912/#new
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 22, 2008
5:15 PM

Post #5704120

Forgot to add the photo of our 'attempt' at Four-Season Gardening...

Thumbnail by jasmerr
Click the image for an enlarged view.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2008
6:36 PM

Post #5704413

Are those tomato plants in there? Think it'll keep 'em warm enough?
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 22, 2008
8:01 PM

Post #5704793

Yes, they are tomato plants. So far, so good, but it certainly won't keep them warm enough all winter. Right now we are just seeing how long we can extend the season. We are looking into some more Four-Season things.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 22, 2008
8:25 PM

Post #5704895

oh ... wouldn't it just be the best to have fresh tomato plants all season long?! I'd be in heaven.

Mine all putter out around mid-Sept. and they did not do well at all this year... i wonder if is was the rainy start, or just not hot enough. I have many green Romas though.
Maxine
Western, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 22, 2008
8:32 PM

Post #5704913

And I have them coming out of my ears. Canned over 50 qts. for our son and us and gave tons away, still have a table on the porch filled with ripe, semi ripe and green tomatoes.
wondering if I have to get the canner up and going again. Can't seem to let any thing go to waste.

Maxine

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #5704955

I know the feeling, we're eating the greenies as they get ripe, got a bunch hanging upside down in the garage, and on a shelf. No matter how they ripen, they taste better than those awful genetically inferior tomatos from the supermarket.
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 22, 2008
9:02 PM

Post #5705033

Terese - I think it may have been the rain, too. I've heard lots of people say their tomatoes (and gardens in general) didn't do well this year.

We love fried green tomatoes! I made a batch of chili last week and threw in ripe and green tomatoes.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 22, 2008
9:12 PM

Post #5705063

one of my Roma plants ... i think it is my Napoli, has that "bottom rot" ... so most of them are garbage anyways.
i think the only one that still has red tomatoes is my Tiny Tim or is it Tiny Tom?? but they are tiny. Its a patio tomato.

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #5705609

almost all my Romas had that blossom end rot which was from too much rain followed by NO rain, and they were hardly worth sorting through to find a good one or two. BAH. Got nice whoppers though.
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

October 23, 2008
12:24 PM

Post #5707283

All of those tomatoes sound so good. I have to go to the farmers market to get mine. We just don't have enough sun to grow them. I tried several years and then gave the space up to my flowers.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 23, 2008
2:26 PM

Post #5707724

I'm with zen on tomatoes. I've tried so many times and just don't have enough sun. The best luck that I've had is with a huge pot at the end of my dock, and even that didn't do very well. Thank goodness for friends and family with too many tomatoes and the farmers markets.
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2008
3:07 AM

Post #5735537

Just in case you all haven't seen it there is a glove co-op going on right now: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/915248/#top

I have the Nitrile gloves and they are great!
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 31, 2008
3:52 AM

Post #5735666

These really are the best gloves I've ever used, and these co-op prices are amazing.
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

October 31, 2008
12:10 PM

Post #5736152

I will be the third to speak up. I love them and the price is truly amazing. I have ordered some of the Nitrile gloves for gifts.

I decided to try the thermal ones for my DH and myself. I figured that they would be good for early spring gardening when I just can't wait to get out there to work and of course my DH will need them to help me out.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2008
12:41 PM

Post #5758257

Its been a few days. Everyone must be busy as he---. just wanted to say hi to everyone.

i managed to obtain some more lawn for another bed. Right in the middle of the back yard too. He's just resigned now that I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do. I some how manage to get my way one way or another.

Sixties here today with rain moving in and that winter white stuff for Saturday and Sunday. Yuck but that's the way it goes. Right?

Everyone have a great day.
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 6, 2008
12:54 PM

Post #5758283

I'm planting as fast as I can! LOL

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2008
1:27 PM

Post #5758376

OH -- i've just been gathering seeds and cleaning them... surprising how much time that can take... but i'm trying to get my Dining Room table back... it's covered with 'seed stuff' [buckets, bags, jars, you name it... ] LOL the holidays are coming and we'll need a place to eat.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2008
2:03 PM

Post #5758466

I heard that. Haven't started with collecting seeds yet. When I do though I suspect my DH will move me out to the garden shed PERMANETLY. LOL
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 9, 2008
9:44 PM

Post #5771212

Just a reminder about the glove co-op it ends tonight at 10pm pst (midnight our time). This will be our last time to buy them in bulk on DG as co-ops are being closed for good.

Link to glove co-op: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/915248/

jerseyridgearts
Prophetstown, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2008
1:02 AM

Post #5771912

co-ops are being closed for good???
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 10, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #5771918

Afraid so.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2008
1:41 AM

Post #5772069

there is a slight ... very slight chance that things may be worked out.

Dave said he would be willing to reconsider the decision if we could find a solution to those 2 problems.

there are 2 threads going in the Daves Forum ... 1) for working out the 'problems' with the Co-Ops and 2) possible alternatives.

I'm hoping for #1; personally.
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 10, 2008
1:44 AM

Post #5772077

Thanks, Terese, I hadn't seen that.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2008
1:46 AM

Post #5772083

yea -- i was kinda involved in those threads early on... but i have taken a step back.

i have never run a Co-Op, nor do i plan on it... so i'm no help there.

there is a lot of positive ideas coming out, and Dave, who did pop in this morning stated he will be back Monday.
So -- hoepfully al the collective heads put together can figure something out.

While i do enjoy the Co-Ops ... it's not the reason i hang out on Daves ... it's just a bonus.
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 10, 2008
3:40 AM

Post #5772491

[quote]While i do enjoy the Co-Ops ... it's not the reason i hang out on Daves ... it's just a bonus. [/quote]
Same here. I'm glad to hear they are trying to come up with ideas.
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

November 10, 2008
12:10 PM

Post #5773167

I have made a few purchases through co-ops, but I probably won't miss them and I have read about some big problems.
jerseyridgearts
Prophetstown, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2008
1:03 PM

Post #5773292

well, what a shame
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 10, 2008
1:09 PM

Post #5773312

We'll have to see what Dave says today.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2008
3:24 PM

Post #5773753

Zen, [and others] yanno... i've read all sorts of things about nasty comments being made here throughout Daves, Co-Ops that have been really nasty with intimidating comments... i have NEVER, granted i've only been here less than 2 yrs,,, but never seen one nasty comment.

So i was really shocked when i first read that they may close it again... then low and behold, it was closed.

Since I slept late and i'm still on my first cup of Joe ... I'm not ready to wander into those threads yet...

But from what i've been reading throughout yesterday... there is positive head-way ... as Jody said... We'll see what Dave has to say... But in one of his comments, he said something to the effect, that he under estimated the passion felt for the Co-Ops.

So i do believe there is a very small beam of light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope everyone has a sunny day... i'm tired of the clouds.

Terese
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 10, 2008
3:42 PM

Post #5773833

I joined DG after the co-ops had been closed for the first time, so for me it has been an added perk and I've enjoyed (and yes over-spent) on many co-ops. I also like the fellowship that hosting a co-op has given me. I have seen some dreadful comments over the years in a few co-ops, but gratefully none in the past year or so. IMHO, if Dave felt the need to close down co-ops after trying it twice, I've got to give him the value of the doubt. I'll miss them, but it's not the end of the world. I'm already thinking about an alternative to a Foxfire co-op in the Spring. I haven't come up with anything yet, but I'm sure that there must be options.
jerseyridgearts
Prophetstown, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5775618

thanks for the heads-up...I had a wonderful experience with Gemini Sage's lily co-op last Spring and was hoping to participate again...fingers crossed

Catherine
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 17, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #5801111

Wow,
I haven't been on lately and am really surprised to find out that co-ops will no longer be. I sure hope things get worked out for the best.
midwest_tyro
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5b)

November 17, 2008
5:01 PM

Post #5801154

The co-ops have been temporarily reopened, and there is lots of discussion on the Dave's Garden forum of how to fix the problems. I hope they stay open, I've been in 2 co-ops and they went extremely well.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/922826/#new
jasmerr
Merrimac, WI
(Zone 4b)

November 27, 2008
1:26 PM

Post #5835418

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

November 27, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #5835435

I will second that.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 27, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #5835449

Happy Thanksgiving.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 27, 2008
1:38 PM

Post #5835455

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends here. Have a wonderful day.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

November 27, 2008
2:23 PM

Post #5835549

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Have a Great Day!
Bernie
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 29, 2008
1:19 AM

Post #5839300

Happy Day After Thanksgiving to all. I hope your Turkey day was fun and filling.
allnitro
Waterloo, IA
(Zone 4b)

November 29, 2008
2:20 AM

Post #5839471

Hi Kelly,

I am in "your hood' for the holiday. Hope yours was as good as mine has been!

Jeff

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2008
2:47 AM

Post #5839538

We actually had a very pleasant time. Much better than we [my direct family] had expected.
We spent the day with my Uncles wife's family ... kids, grand kids, brother SIL and Mom.
It had been a very long time since we all were together ... so it was very nice.
and the first time in years since my kids were involved. so it was very special.
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2008
11:58 PM

Post #5852330

Hi Jeff,
Glad to hear you are getting out and about. I really need to give Marie a call and say hello. Hope you had a good holiday.

Kelly
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

December 3, 2008
1:15 PM

Post #5853899

Hi, we had a good Turkey Day as well. It is interesting that all of a sudden several threads are back up and running. Thanksgiving must have been the signal to get back to the computer for a lot of people.

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #5853936

Might have been the sudden drop in temperature...LOL Who wants to go out in this cold?

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2008
1:52 PM

Post #5853975

That does it for me.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #5854212

yup -- my flower beds are under snow... I now, i look out side, or even go outside with the pooch, and there are no seeds for me to gather, no weeds to pull... nothing .. except fill the bird feeder for the squirrels.
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

December 4, 2008
2:01 AM

Post #5856407

Snow here too. I hate winter.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 4, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #5858688

A belated Happy Turkey Day to one and all. It is my favorite holiday and I love cooking for my loved ones. We had great day! (And, Jeff survived my housefull of family. lol)

I woke up to -2 this morning, with today's highs expected in the teens. The only way to make this look good is that it is supposed to be even colder this weekend and next week. Brrrr!
zenpotter
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4b)

December 4, 2008
9:47 PM

Post #5859078

Good to hear from you.
I am not sure knowing it is going to get colder is any help at all. It is cold here too.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2008
10:22 PM

Post #5859173

-2 is COLD... we were +10
at least it wasn't windy. i was outside taking photos at 9am with Buddy, and it was 17, but i wasn't cold.
I do have a bit of extra insulation though.

I hate the wind though... i'd take snow over wind any day.

speaking of that... .the weather liars were wrong again for us... they were saying we'd get 3-5", then 1-3" ... we got bupkus. it flurried for 6 hrs and barely a dusting to speak of.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 5, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #5859534

I took the liberty of staring a new thread. This one is getting old.

Go here, please; http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/930125/

Bernie

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